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5 Quick Tips for Mixing Tile Styles

Get to grips with the basics of combining different shapes, colours and finishes for a seamless bathroom design.

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There are certain factors to consider when pairing tiles on walls and floors. As tiling large areas, whether in a bathroom, kitchen or any other space, requires a sizeable investment, it’s worth getting hold of some samples and experimenting with how tiles of different sizes, shapes and patterns work together. These 10 tips should give you some pointers on ways to combine tiles and the effects you can hope to achieve.

1. Balance busy patterns Use small statement tiles, such as oblong mosaics, to create a feature on a splashback or other small area, rather than across an entire room. Combine with large-scale plain tiles and you’ll avoid a scheme that makes your eyes go funny!

2. Pair pattern with plain Restrict your use of patterned tiles to one surface – either the floor or a feature wall. Contemporary hexagonal tiles take centre stage, while the large-scale oblong wall tiles provide a light-enhancing glossy background.

3.Be consistent with pattern Use tiles in different sizes and colours, but keep the shape consistent for a harmonious effect. Use oblong tiles in two different colours and two different sizes, but maintaining the same brick pattern on each surface creates a visual connection between the planes.

4. Juxtapose matt and gloss Get away with combining similarly sized tiles and busy patterns by choosing one matt style and one shiny.

5. Play with scale One of the most important tips for maximising tile-mixing prowess is to create balance by choosing one small-scale pattern and one large.

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